Trevelyan (Charles Philips) Archive

Subject strengths: History, Politics, Education

The Trevelyan Papers, deposited by the Trevelyan family, are those of several generations of the Trevelyan family whose home was Wallington Hall, Northumberland. The archive is rich and diverse, not least because the family had so many roles and indulged so many interests between them that the archive can truly be described as multi-disciplinary.

Charles Philips Trevelyan (1870-1958) was a Liberal and then Labour M.P. and thus his papers deal with early twentieth-century political issues, for the most part. He was a founder of the Union of Democratic Control in World War I and President of the Board of Education. His papers cover the Liberal and Labour parties, Parliamentary measures, and contain Cabinet papers and election material but also include items concerning education acts, school diaries, summer, vacation and Sunday schools, Parents National Education Union schools, Catholic and London Board schools, school attendance, and specific UK schools and colleges. There are some of his wife's papers, (Molly Trevelyan 1881-1966), papers including her diaries for 1892-1917.

Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Trevelyan (Charles Philips) Archive

Archive Ref Code: GB186/CPT

Date Range of Material

1870 - 1958

Type of Material

Personal archive

Size of Collection

70 Linear Metres 

How To Order Items From This Collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example CPT 13 Letters to and from CPT 1903 - 1904).

You can then place your order by linking to our request form.

Finding Aid:

Catalogues are available in hard-copy from the Special Collections Reading Room. A scan of the catalogues (which can be text-searched) is also available:

Trevelyan (Charles Philips) Archive Catalogue available via online listing

Trevelyan (Charles Philips) Archive Catalogue (Extra Series) via online listing

Related Material

Trevelyan (Charles Edward) Archive

Trevelyan (George Otto) Archive

Trevelyan (Walter Calverley) Archive

Other Resources:

For the papers of Charles Philips Trevelyan’s niece Mary Moorman, see Moorman (Mary) Papers. Other collections with family links to the Trevelyans include Bell (Gertrude) Papers, and Plowden (Lady Bridget) Papers.

For books written by members of the Trevelyan family among others and secondary texts on the Trevelyan Papers, see Trevelyan/Bell/Runciman (TBR) Collection.

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for February 2002, July 2013 and July 2014.

The Trevelyan family albums are undergoing digitisation, and are being made available via Page Turners, our browser-based viewer.

Projects, Progress and Updates:

In 2012, having previously been on loan since 1967, the Trevelyan Papers were kindly gifted to Special Collections by the family.

The Trevelyan (Charles Philips) Archive is currently undergoing an extensive re-cataloguing project to create a new finding aid which conforms to international standards and improves access. As well as bringing together the two existing sections of the archive, this project will ensure additional previously uncatalogued content will become available for research.

While this work is underway, some portions of the archive may become temporarily unavailable for public access. Please contact if you have any questions.